A UCLA professor testifying before a Food and Drug Administration joint meeting stated his belief that only certain men should receive testosterone therapy treatment. Ronald Swerdloff, MD and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, appeared before the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee as a representative of the Endocrine Society. (Source) Dr. Swerdloff claims that testosterone treatment should be limited only to men with hypogonadism and other signs of consistently low testosterone.
Although testosterone as a medical treatment has decreased in previous years, there is some concern of its effect on bodily organs and their function. This joint FDA meeting met to discuss the role of testosterone in increased cardiovascular risks. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone for men. Testosterone plays a critical role in men’s overall health, including a healthy sex drive, fertility, and bone health. Aging men are known to experience a decline in testosterone production over time; however, below-average testosterone levels are not a guaranteed indicator of hypogonadism.
Swerdloff testified, “The Endocrine Society also recommends that more data be collected on men of different ages to better establish the serum testosterone thresholds for specific organ-related symptoms and signs, and to determine which clinical manifestations will benefit from replacement testosterone therapy.” He further recommended additional testing to investigate long-term cardiovascular and prostate effects due to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
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